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Honda’s $15B Investment Sparks Electric Vehicle Revolution in Ontario 

In a groundbreaking move for Canada’s automotive industry, Honda Canada has announced a landmark investment of approximately $15 billion to establish the nation’s first comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) supply chain. This monumental project, welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, marks a significant milestone in Canada’s journey towards a sustainable and electrified future. 

The Canadian government introduced the new 10% electric vehicle (EV) Supply Chain investment tax credit in the Federal Budget 2024 to attract investments across critical segments of the EV supply chain. This initiative, complemented by existing economic investment tax credits, underscores the government’s commitment to fostering innovation and driving economic growth in the EV sector. 

Honda’s new investments in eligible EV supply chain segments could receive an estimated $2.5 billion in federal support through proposed tax credits. Additionally, the Government of Ontario will offer up to $2.5 billion in incentives. Planning for Honda’s Alliston facilities is expected to be finalized within six months, with collaboration between Honda, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario on various incentives. 

A Transformative Vision Unveiled 

The ambitious project will see the establishment of four new manufacturing plants in Ontario, solidifying the province’s position as a hub for EV innovation. Among these facilities, Honda will pioneer the construction of an innovative electric vehicle assembly plant, setting the stage for the company’s foray into electric vehicle manufacturing. Additionally, a state-of-the-art battery manufacturing plant will be erected, showcasing Honda’s commitment to producing cutting-edge EV technology on Canadian soil. 

Completing the supply chain, Honda will forge partnerships to build a cathode active material and precursor processing plant and a separator plant. The new assembly plant is expected to produce up to 240,000 vehicles per year once operations are completed in 2028. 

Job Creation and Economic Growth 

Honda’s investments in Ontario are poised to create over one thousand well-paying manufacturing jobs, with the potential to generate thousands more in direct and indirect employment opportunities across the province and beyond. The establishment of the cathode active material processing plant and separator plant will further contribute to job creation during the construction phase and bolster Ontario’s status as a global leader in automotive manufacturing.  

Confidence in Canadian Talent and Economy 

This monumental investment serves as a resounding vote of confidence in Canada’s highly skilled workforce, robust economy, and competitive business environment. As the automotive landscape undergoes a transformative shift towards electrification, Canada is poised to emerge as a global leader in EV production, attracting further investments and solidifying its position on the world stage. 

Funding the Vision for Carbon Neutrality 

Honda’s commitment to carbon neutrality is exemplified through this ambitious project. With a target of achieving 100% zero-emission EV sales in North America by 2040, the company is spearheading efforts to combat climate change and build a sustainable future for generations to come. 

Honda’s monumental investment marks a significant milestone in Canada’s journey towards a sustainable electrified future. With a comprehensive EV supply chain taking shape, Canada is poised to emerge as a global leader in EV production, driving economic growth, creating jobs, and mitigating climate change.  

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